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Album Review

In June 2004, Sum 41 was in Congo filming a documentary for charity when they found themselves caught in the midst of the country's ongoing hostilities. But a UN aid worker named Chuck Pelletier was instrumental in getting the band to safety, and a grateful Sum 41 named their fourth album in his honor. As they say in their liners, "Without him, we'd be dead. Chuck rules!" The experience also seems to have mellowed the group's sarcastic streak. From its aggressive metal and hardcore overtones to lyrics that rail against societal ignorance and a world gone wrong, Chuck is a few steps ahead of the smirking, jocular anthems that populated Sum 41's previous output. This suddenly sober outlook hasn't lessened the rock power, though. "Why is there no reason we all can't change?" Deryck Whibley wonders in "No Reason," but the cut also binds the rapid-fire pace of hardcore to a great chorus hook. Lead single "We're All to Blame" lashes out at greed with some vicious metal riffing, "Bitter End" takes its cues from the double-bass kicks and furious lead solos of Anthrax, and "There's No Solution"'s layered vocals, psychological fretting, and explosive chorus shift give it a Linkin Park feel. Sum 41 also avoids employing too many "serious" add-ons, such as string sections or synthesizers. Chuck does have a few passages of acoustic guitar (most effectively on the low-key "Slipping Away"). But like Sum 41's previous efforts, it's a concise album that clocks in at just over a half-hour, with a basic understanding that fast and loud is what the band does best. But this time around, Sum 41 has made sure to set its message at the same high volume.

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If you didn't know the history behind this album, you would typically think that Sum 41 is just another struggling band that is trying to recreate its image from the bratty pop-punk style to the hard[er]-rock type in efforts to gain new audiences. Fortunately, we don't have to brand Sum 41 with that stigma; Chuck is the resultant album from the band's depressing trip to the Republic of Congo. Although Sum 41's rather hackneyed theme of "who's to blame?" can get repetitive at times, the songs themselves have great vocals (Sum 41 is the only band that I can say effectively blends singing and screaming, if you can believe it), instrumentals, and tunes. The driving ballads of their faster songs keep you engaged, and the slow songs are well-placed. The consistant theme of questioning humanity in this album could again lead you to think that Sum 41 is jumping on the bandwagon with their new style, yet the band's original sound (and, of course, the unique vocal style of the lead singer) keeps them just that - original. With Chuck, Sum 41 has shown that they can reach a new and different level of sound, and I think we can expect another great album from them in the future. Highlights of this album include "No Reason," "We're All to Blame," "Some Say," "Pieces," and "88."

Chuckin' Great.

This is Sum 41's best album yet; their old work is classic, but they grew up a bit with Chuck. In addition to having an incredible story behind the name, this album is a brillaint mix of loud, classic Sum 41 (We're All to Blame, No Reason, Welcome to Hell) and new, slower, more mature music that makes the listener think (Pieces, There's No Solution, Some Say). For old Sum 41 fans, this is absolutely a must-have. Those experiencing Sum 41 for the first time (and don't want to buy the whole album) should probably try We're All to Blame, Pieces, and No Reason to get a feel for who Sum 41 is. The lyrics in this album (brilliantly performed by Deryck Whibley) are meaningful and interesting, and the extreme guitar and drums in the background defines Sum 41's style. The fusion of intense rock and meaningful lyrics make Chuck an excellent addition to any collection, and eptiomizes the band's unique personality.

This album is pretty good......

This album was good but the last song (which really isn't on the album) is really gay I mean How the fudge do you get Ludacris out of Sum 41. Also the songs Were good. *Intro* **** Pretty good for just 48 seconds. Nice Guitar solo. *No Reason* ***** One Of the best songs on this Album! *We're All To Blame* **** This songs is good but the Lyrics were Kinda wierd. *Angels With Dirty Faces* **** This song is good, Good guitar, and Drums but the solo at the begginning was the thing that killed the whole song. *Some Say* *** Some parts *most of the song* was way too soft. *The Bitter End* ***** Very Hard, that is what most rockers come for not the soft stuff. *Open Your Eyes* ***** Once again this song is hard but the lead singer *i don't know his name* says the stuff like really fast. *Slipping Away* ** One of the WORST songs on this album, it was WAY too Soft. *I'm Not The One* **** Pretty good a little soft at the beggining but the middle changed my mind, i was almost going to rate it a 2. *Welcome To Hell* **** Really good song, pretty hard through out the whole song. *Pieces* ***** One of the best songs on this album, even though it is soft the Lyrics make so much sence. *There's No Solution* *** This song Remined me of *I'm Not The One* because it was soft in the begginnig but it kept getting harder and then softer and then harder. *88* ***** The Greatest Sum 41 song that was ever written, and the Greatest song on this album! It wasnt too soft and it was very hard and the Lyrics made so much sence.


Formed: 1996 in Ajax, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Sum 41 hit worldwide radar in 1996 after tiny Ajax, Ontario proved unable to fully contain the foursome's mixture of punk-pop riffing, hip-hop poses, and toilet-bowl humor. Led by guitarist/vocalist Deryck Whibley, the band also included guitarist/vocalist Dave Baksh, bassist Cone McCaslin, and drummer Steve Jocz. Wooed by the boys' goofy antics and incendiary live show (and excited about the prospect of promoting their very own blink-182), Island put Sum 41 on the payroll in 1999. The Half Hour...
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